Twenty-second century Earth. Five years after the rebellion on Mars. For the last 15 years, Sopot, the corrupt dictator, has oppressed the people of the Commonwealth. His relentless pursuit of unification with the neighboring United Republic has left the country soaked in unnecessary bloodshed and poverty.
User reviews: Mixed (236 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 9, 2003

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Twenty-second century Earth. Five years after the rebellion on Mars.
For the last 15 years, Sopot, the corrupt dictator, has oppressed the people of the Commonwealth. His relentless pursuit of unification with the neighboring United Republic has left the country soaked in unnecessary bloodshed and poverty. Propaganda is plastered throughout communities and a Public Information Building, built as a tribute to the self-centered chancellor, spews news broadcasts with claims of victory as more and more soldiers fall victim. Fed up after years on the front lines, a group of super-soldiers injected with nanotechnology vow to replace the dictator and restore peace.
Defend your country as Alias, a demolitions expert, with the help of your five squad members, each specializing in their own method of destruction. Fight through diverse levels using vehicles, an arsenal of specialized weapons and massive explosives in your rampage to overthrow the government.
  • Revamped Geo-Mod™ engine — the only FPS with real-time, arbitrary geometry modification
  • All new storyline & characters — fight as a member of an elite squad of six
  • Enhanced graphics and pre-rendered cut scenes for a completely immersive experience
  • Utilize four varied vehicles in combat including a tank, hover flyer and submarine
  • Acquire superior firepower from multiple boss battles
  • Fourteen specialized weapons of mass destruction including dual-handed combinations
  • All new inventory of useful items - health kits, night vision, numerous grenades and more
  • Stealth, puzzle solving and action oriented objectives
  • Advanced AI behavior - AI works in squads and reacts realistically to each combat situation
  • Experience alternate endings based on style of combat - good or bad "karma"

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Windows® 2000/XP
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 8.1
    • Processor: Pentium III 500 MHz or greater
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Video Card: 3D Graphics Accelerator Card (16 MB)
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 Certified Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Pros
-Better quest tracking compared to the first one
-Dual wield weapons
-Fun cheats


Cons
-Short
-Bad story
-No checkpoint and the manual save does not save where you are in a level, only which level you reached so if you are far into a level and you die/want to quit, you will have to restart from the beginning of the level.

Neutral
-Jason Statham is one of the voice actors in the game.


Overall not as good as the first Red Faction. Don't go into it expecting the same style of game, the only thing it has in common with the first one are the nano cells and the name "Red Faction".
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
What can be said about Red Faction II? The original Red Faction was quite a success (in terms of quite positive reviews and sales) so a sequel was eventually determined to come out soon. Originally a console game and later ported to the PC, it tries to outmatch its predecessor with more action, more vehicles and with a definitely more stupid storyline. What's the final result?

Of course it's not as good or original as Red Faction I. The charm of sneaking around in a Mars colony is nowhere to be found anymore (there's really no link to the story of the first game), the gameplay got definitely dumbed down and the level design is extremely linear. To make it worse, you can no longer make use of the legendary GEO MOD engine as in Red Faction I. You are partly able to blow out some walls or pillars, but that's all. GEO MOD my ♥♥♥.

Nonetheless I must admit that riding vehicles or blowing away enemies with your yellow grenade launcher can be quite fun. The focus definitely lies on action and that's not necessarily a bad thing. On the other side the cons really let you down after all.

The Good:
+ Non-Stop action
+ Many vehicles
+ Many weapons
+ A not so bad second half of the game

The Bad:
- Dumb, repetitive gameplay
- Linear level design
- Boring, foreseeable story
- A horrible first half of the game
- No real replay value
- No real multiplayer available, only a bot mode

The Ugly:
-- Non-skippable ingame cutscenes (I HATE that, seriously)

It's really hard to recommend this game in retrospective. It's an ugly console child with a horrible first half and a more interesting second part. If you still decide to buy it, at least do so during sales or via the Red Faction Collection.

4/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
7/10 its good but not as good as the first.

the transition between this game and the first is almost exactly like the transition between F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. 2.
for those who havent played F.E.A.R. what i mean is the first one felt immersive and second one felt like a mindless
run and gun game (not to say run and gun games aren't fun but immersive is better). Anyways bottom line is if your
a fan of retro shooters similar to doom,quake,wolfenstein ect. and are pressed on time (took me less than 10 hours
to beat it on easy) than i highly recommend this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
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52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Man, i don't know. I have mixed feelings about recommend this or not. Let's start the Review:

Red Faction 2 when compared to its predecessor, is a disappointment. Despite maintaining certain foundations established in the first part, mainly due to technical issues.

PROS :

- LOTS of weapons (with primary and secondary shot system for each one as in the first part).
- The shooting mechanics makes some intense gunfights fun.
- Sections where you drive vehicles are well made ​​and are quite fun.
- Apart from the primary mission objectives, the game have hidden secondary objectives for each map, which when completed, will give you bonus points.
- Karma system that varies the ending of the game (Accomplish the primary and secondary objectives provides you of good Karma, while doing bad actions like killing innocent civilians, will give you bad Karma).

CONS :

- Generic story.
- Easily forgettable characters.
- Clearly this is a PS2 port (You can easily notice it viewing the avaliable options, not to mention the graphics).
- Enemies and allies IA is doubtful.
- There are sections where enemies respawn infinitely until you pass a certain point.
- Exploration of the maps is practically non-existent (compared to the first game).
- The Geo-Mod technology is implemented despite being not quite exploited.
- Ridiculously short (the campaing last 5-6 hours).

If you can get past the fact that this is a direct port of a PS2 game, and you value the game for what it is (a short, mindless, linear first person shooter focused only in killing whatever you have in front) you may like it, if you want something deeper, you won't find it here.

My Score: 5.8/10

Note: Played it on Windows XP - SP3
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64 of 93 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Broken port of an extremely great console game.

My download came with someone else's savegame.. I don't even know.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The Final Boss:
[no spoiler] If I were to give one reason to play this game, it would be to challenge your gamer skills against the final boss (easy mode doesn't count!) HOLY COW BALLS, RFII has one of the hardest final bosses I have ever played against. Palms sweaty, pants full of spaghetti, and mom crying in the bathroom, I will never forget that day I had to face one of the toughest opponents in gaming history.


Other than that, this game is mediocre, probably worth it if it goes on sale for under $5.
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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Played the hell out of this on ps2. You should buy it. Then buy a ps2 to play with friends. Then eat some pizza.
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
2,223.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The first part is much better in terms of gameplay, and considering how many bugs in the 2nd game of the series, it's just awful!
It's a real bad console port, it's very tedious to play, and most of the time you're so frustrated by the awkard things that just kept happening while playing. I had to reload way too many times. When I need to reload becouse I died in a game, thats fine, I just try to refine my strategy, but when I need to reload becouse the game is acting up, thats just bad.
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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The Good:
-Vehicle sections.
-Destructible environments.

The Bad:
-No skippable cutscenes.
-Ridiculously difficult final boss in comparison to the rest of the game's difficulty.
-Terrible voice-over/dialog.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2012
Wow. This game is terrible. Definitely has switched it's influences from half-life to Halo, and not for the better. The textures in this game are much worse than the original, and the plot/voice are campy and rediculous. One interesting note here is that Jason Statham was the voice actor for one of the characters, and all the time playing I kept thinking to myself that the transporter was going to bust in here and ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ up.

The first game in the series is so much better in everyway. This game feels like a completely different game with the same name slapped on top of it.

Not to mention (really valve/steam?) that I had to dig around on the interet to find a patch for the game so I could play on current hardware (the steam distribution only allows for up to 8 meg video cards).

1/5
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The sequence involving the last boss is fun in the best corny action movie kind of way. Other than that this game is a waste of time that is in every way worse than the first game. Vehicle sections are rail shooting, controls are clunky, and somehow it manages to look worse than its predecessor.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
This isn't very good.

I have no idea how it relates to the first Red Faction. You're not on Mars, you're not the Parker guy from the first one, there's no mining company. The graphics are somehow worse than the first one. The story is dumb, the characters are dumb.

Oh well, it's still kind of fun to blow stuff up.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2013
A brilliant game that I enjoyed all the time since it came out. To me it seems to have more character interaction and more music along the lines in comparisson to the first Red Faction.

If you enjoy sci-fi, science fiction or even anything remotely gothic, you should find this interesting as the locations distinctly showcase Churches, graveyards, abandoned metro's and also loud factoris that go down in a very classy fashion.

This is my type of action.
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Starts as a mindless fun, ends as a mindless bore.
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19 of 34 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Red Faction II is not worthy of it's title.

The story is not in any visible way related to the rest of the Red Faction series, so if you don't play, you're not missing anything.

The gameplay seems much more oriented to just destroying and killing enemies without purpose, compared to the first game where there is clear direction, and where stealth may be a key tactic.

The control system works well with a keyboard/mouse setup.

The graphics, somehow, seem worse than in the original game, even though it was made later. Things seem more blocky, as well.

The voicing in this game seems to make use mostly of generic "shoot-em-up" lines, and isn't very interesting. This is slightly redeemed by the fact that Jason Statham voice acts in this.

The installation works fine on windows 8.1, no issues as compared to the first game. Check the forums for a guide if you do have issues, though.

Don't buy this game. It doesn't play a part in the wider Red Faction story, and it's poorly made.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2013
This game took alot of effort to run on windows 7 and after playing it i realised it was not worth it. Some aspects of the game's storyline is face paced and messy i wouldn't really want to replay this game but it wasn't great. I bought this game in the THQ Bundle which was 22 games for $25. i found it satisfactory because the game was so cheap for me but if you're going to pay $10 for this you not going to have a good time. This game was a joke. Game play was too easy story line doesn't make sense pretty horrible 3/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2011
COMMUNISM RETURNS AND CAN'T BE PLAYED
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2013
After thoroughly enjoying the original Red Faction I was looking forward to playing this but I’ve got to say it was extremely disappointing feels like one of the worst console ports I’ve ever played, can’t think of a single redeeming feature.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Bad. Buggy. Linear. Ugly. And incredibly rushed.

Gameplay is all sorts of right turned wrong... mostly all the weapons include little imagination or little headaway for tacticalness and are pretty much deriatives of previous weapons from the first installment with new skins slapped on front. AI is braindead and fires unrealistically upon the wrong targets (which I might add, your teammates are invincible) making the game fairly easy unless you have it on hard.

Graphically, it is - for the most part - satisfactory but the lack of particle effects and poor use of draw distance fog destroys my immersion and suspense of disbelief. Animations are bit static and not very interesting to watch as you reload.

Destruction is heavily downgraded to the point it becomes a novelty or a gimmick not exactly the novel - make your own way here and there ideal. To compensate, secrets lie ahead from destroying walls. Well played.

The plot is utter crap. This one-note, generic cash-in attempt at posing a mature storyline for Red Fraction is both hilariously botched and convulted, nondescript and lacking context, the player is to assassinate Sopot (spoilers: you kill him but are betrayed) retains not a single iota of consistency or explanation for this betrayal only in the late game is it hinted the 'Super Soldier' concept which would allow him to dominate the world.

Red Fraction II is a shockingly if not appalling sequel due to outdated gameplay mechaics, stretched and convulted level design and bland themes centered on the Soviet Russia motif. For the plot, THQ franchise set it even further in the Future. Ultor is now replicating soldiers using nanotechnology but removed them forthwith after they were considered unfit for battle. Those creations now fight back, joining as members of the Red Faction. As time plunders on, Ultor begin to create augmentations but they're experiements go terribly, terribly wrong creating mutated supersoldiers.
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